Hi, my name is Caleb Smith. I’m in my early twenties, an evangelical Christian, husband and father of two. I just graduated with a B.A. in Ministry Studies at the Baptist College of Florida and am now a youth minister at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Laurel Hill, FL. On the side, I blog here and at The Nicene Nerd. My thoughts are generally occupied with Christian faith and practice, moral worldview, and fantasy/myth (both real and fictional).
This blog is mostly about life and thoughts in trying to be a Christian and do everything I do. It is meant to be more accessible and personal than The Nicene Nerd, which is more academic. The title, if you are wondering, comes from Gerard Manley Hopkins’ short but delightful poem, “As Kingfishers Catch Fire.” I will quote it here in full for your enjoyment:
As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying Whát I dó is me: for that I came.
I say móre: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is —
Chríst — for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces.
Being in Christ means Christ is in me. He is the image into which I am being molded, the pattern into which God is weaving my life, the music which plays on the instrument of my flesh. Thus this blog reflects my thoughts and experiences as I try to be one in whom Christ plays, or, as Paul put it, to live so that “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I am now living in the flesh, I live by the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
But I’m not always thinking about things that I consider important. Elsewhen, I like to fiddle with computers and smartphones, play Zelda, Civilization, and Age of Empires, and build the world of Teretz.